Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman
Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business

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Originally published in 1985, Neil Postman’s groundbreaking polemic about the corrosive effects of television on our politics and public discourse has been hailed as a twenty-first-century book published in the twentieth century. Now, with television joined by more sophisticated electronic media—from the Internet to cell phones to DVDs—it has taken on even greater significance. Amusing Ourselves to Death is a prophetic look at what happens when politics, journalism, education, and even religion become subject to the demands of  entertainment. It is also a blueprint for regaining controlof our media, so that they can serve our highest goals.


About Neil Postman

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Neil Postman was chairman of the department of communication arts at New York University. He passed away in 2003. Steve Powers is an Emmy Award-winning journalist with more than forty-five years experience in broadcast news.
Published December 27, 2005 by Penguin (Non-Classics). 208 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Professional & Technical, Health, Fitness & Dieting. Non-fiction

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In our late modern age in which we are –to use the words of Neil Postman — amusing ourselves to death, the discipline of reading, and particularly reading that is resonant with the scriptural story and our embodiment of Christ in our local church communities, can be a bridge out of the self-orien...

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Discerning Reader

"Serious television" is a contradiction in terms for television speaks only in the voice of entertainment, never of serious, weighty, discourse--the kind of discourse that is essential to politics, religion and education.

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Reasons to Believe

The Bible Continues, perhaps by focusing on only a small portion of the Bible narrative, greatly corrects this problem.

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